Bearcats Return to PLU to Take a 90-83 Win

TACOMA, Wash. — The Willamette University men’s basketball team used an 14-5 run midway through the second half as Todd Lewis and Jason Luchterhand combined for 36 rebounds, leading the Bearcats over Pacific Lutheran University team, 90-83, in a Northwest Conference men's basketball game tonight in Olson Auditorium.

The game was postponed from Feb. 4 because of a power outage late in the women's game.

Luchterhand scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, both career highs. Lewis snagged 22 rebounds to go along with his 17 points as the Bearcats (10-13 overall, 7-7 NWC) out-rebounded the Lutes 52-26.

John Olinger added 21 points, including 9-9 from the free throw line. C.J. Stuvland scored 19 points.

The Lutes (5-18, 3-11 NWC), using a line-up of four guards and a wing, jumped out to a 14-3 lead four minutes into the contest.

Willamette came back to tie the score at 18-each with 12:42 left, then used a six point run to take a 34-29 lead with 4:52 remaining. The Bearcats held a 41-39 lead at intermission.

Willamette travels to the Washington school this weekend, playing Whitman on Friday at 8 p.m.